A Brief History of Presidential Profanity

From Lincoln to LBJ, dirty words are nothing new in the White House

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney swearing presidents
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Calling the GOP's presidential candidate a "bullshitter" was that much more shocking because Romney himself has quite possibly never uttered such a humdinger in his life. His anachronistic language – all "gosh darns" and "good griefs" – is straight out of Leave It to Beaver. The former Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives has recalled the ex-governor telling bothersome opponents where they could go: "H-E-double hockey sticks."

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